We all know about victims, perpetrators, rescuers and bystanders. But what is an UPSTANDER?

Upstander is a word that has just recently been used to identify people who are willing to stand up and take action in defense of others. It can refer to individuals who take large risks during wars and political turmoil, and it also identifies people who take small but helpful steps to shield others from bullying and other injustices.

Program Overview:

The UpStanders Program is the bullying prevention initiative of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. Rooted in Holocaust education, the UpStanders Program challenges students to study one of the world’s paramount atrocities in order to shape a better future.

Students learn the importance of standing up and speaking out when they witness bullying through stories of Holocaust Rescuers. The term ‘Rescuer’ refers to the individuals who did everything in their power to save the lives of those being persecuted during the Holocaust. Once students understand the importance of being UpStanders rather than bystanders, they are provided with the knowledge they need to make their school a place where everyone feels respected and safe.

The UpStanders Program is meant for middle school students and contains five phases that are completed over the course of two school years. Program lessons align with Florida Standards in 6th grade social studies and language arts, as well as 7th grade civics and language arts. Since its inception in 2010, the UpStanders Program has served students in Orange, Osceola, Brevard, and Seminole Counties and continues to expand.

For an overview of program components, download the UpStander program description here.

To inquire about bringing UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying to your school, please contact Program Coordinator, Bailey Robb at 407-628-0555 or

What is Bullying?

Bullying involves an aggressive behavior that is repeated over time and meant to hurt, humiliate, or intimidate another person. The behavior implies an imbalance of power.
The imbalance of power means that the person being bullied is unable to defend him or herself.

Bullying can be physical, social/emotional, verbal, and online (cyberbullying).

Florida’s Anti-Bullying Law

Resources for Students:

If You Are Bullied

If You Witness Bullying

Resources for Parents:

If Your Child is Bullied

Resources for Schools:

Tips For Educators

For additional information on bullying prevention, check out the U.S. Government’s Stop Bullying website and the Cyberbullying Research Center website

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